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On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Tuskegee University students can travel the world in a day as they learn more about student abroad opportunities and celebrate the university’s rich cultural diversity at its 5th Annual Global Education Fair.

The fair, scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. in the Tompkins Hall Ballroom, will allow students and faculty to share their culture and international experiences, research and global interests while celebrating Tuskegee’s international community and partnerships.

The annual event celebrates the university’s cultural diversity with internationally themed performances, guest speakers, passport applications, undergraduate research opportunities, and the preview of new study abroad opportunities for the current academic year.

The event is open and free to students, employees and area residents.

“While engaging with the campus community, we aim to enhance global learning and intercultural sharing, while also providing information about international opportunities for students, staff and faculty both at home and abroad,” said Dr. Rhonda Collier, who leads the Tuskegee University Global Office in addition to her duties as an associate professor of English.

During the 2016-17 academic year, nearly 50 Tuskegee students participated in study abroad programs that took them to four different continents and allowed them to participate in research and service-learning experiences, build networks and connect classroom principles with hands-on applications. These co-curricular experiences ultimately help students affirm their chosen career fields and equip them to be competitive in the global marketplace as they seek their first post-graduate job.

For Fulbright student awardee Miriam Hammond, studying abroad has her excited about continuing her education at the graduate level.

“The student English impact activity was really fun,” Hammond said, speaking of her experience as part of a 14-student group that traveled to Puerta Plata, Dominican Republic, where she taught English. “I already knew I wanted to be an educator, but this further solidified my interest in attending graduate school and earning a master’s degree.”

Animal science graduate student LaToya Bryant, who traveled to the Sharpville Massacre site in South Africa, reflected on the awe of her study abroad experience.

“Sharpville was amazing — the pictures we took, and the cemetery dedicated only to the people who lost their lives during that event and the family members who died after them,” she recalled. “It was an honor to be where these people once fought for their rights. We also got to ride down the infamous street called Teresa.”

Those attending the fair will be eligible for door prizes to be given out throughout the afternoon. In addition, 50 students with the proper credentials — a certified birth certificate and government-issued photo ID — will qualify for a free passport. Students wishing to obtain a free passport must enter a drawing while attending the Global Fair and be present when their names are selected randomly throughout the afternoon. To sign up for more information and reminders about the free passport opportunity, visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0e4ca5ac22a1fa7-tuskegee.

The free passport opportunity is made available through the support of Council on International Educational Exchange’s “Passport Caravan,” part of the Generation Study Abroad initiative— a program striving to make study abroad possible for more U.S. students by breaking down three major barriers: cost, curriculum and culture.

Faculty, students and exhibitors wishing to host a display, presentation or information session should contact Collier at 334-727-8686 or rcollier@tuskegee.edu, or visit www.tuskegee.edu/tugo.

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